Organising ideas for the Laundry

This storage system also has a shelf on top, perfect for storing the washing basket.


I like to wear sunglasses when I put my washing on the line, it’s just so glary outside.  So I have used one of my most favourite products a 3M Command Hook (I am 3M’s biggest fan), and keep a pair close by just for washing.  These are an old pair of sunnies very scratched, but they do the trick.


We have just recently installed this IKEA drying rack, ideal as it frees up floor space compared to a clothes hoist.  It allows me to dry items that I don’t want in the sun like kids swimmers and other dedicates, as well as drying items over night like uniforms and sporting gear.  It is adjustable, but I use the side hooks for little items like swimming pants and bras.  Yes it is high up from the ground, I need a step stool to reach….lol.

 

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Meg March 5, 2011 - 12:45 PM

Your laundry organiser has totally inspired a massive laundry makeover at our place today. Rather than spend any money (although I really liked the look of yours!) we have repurposed various containers and baskets and stacked them on some shelves that were holding a lot of junk. It’s so good now!! So thanks for the inspiration.

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McWato April 20, 2012 - 9:59 PM

Great Laundry ideas. Do you have any hints on how to organise a laundry that is part of the garage? It is very uninspiring and space is ALWAYS an issue.

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DonnaE October 9, 2014 - 1:52 PM

Me too! An outdoor laundry, built into a small corner of the garage. Also includes a really big water heater!

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Karene March 5, 2011 - 2:35 PM

I too am a huge 3M command hook fan and have just put a dozen of them up on my blank laundry wall to hold bags and hats ( I was inspired by the initial hooks that you have in your home ) which has taken all of that stuff out of my family room where it was disorganized and messy. Love the sunglasses hook too. I need sunnies out at the line too but had never thought of this. I read your blog daily and have already used so many of your great tips and ideas. Thank you so much for inspiring me.

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Robyn October 20, 2021 - 8:44 AM

I too have the Ikea drying rack. Mine is over the laundry sink so anything damp can dry before going into the laundry basket if not being washed that day. Also Swimsuits get rinsed off
and hang to drip dry into the sink.

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michelle March 5, 2011 - 9:13 PM

This is fabulous. I love your washing system and it is something I am going to set up. I am a Mum of three so I think to teach them to pop their laundry into the right container ready for washing is GENIUS and it will make laundry so much quicker. I was only thinking the other day that I need to get a better system as I currently have three laundry baskets in my laundry. Not only do they take up too much space but I have to pull everything out of them to find all the pinks, or all the whites etc etc, drives me crazy. Thank you for your blog, you are an inspiration.

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Emily March 7, 2011 - 12:07 PM

Your laundry looks exactly the same as mine. It’s so inspiring to see what wonderful use you have made of a fairly small space. I love the system you have set up for sorting your dirty laundry. I am always pulling my clothes out of the laundry basket and putting them into piles but the problem is, is that the piles stay on my laundry floor. I really need to invest in something like this.

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LisaW March 28, 2011 - 9:04 AM

Hi Katrina. This weekend, I started sorting out my laundry. Its a very dark and uninspiring room, and sadly its been neglected for quite some time…yesterday I did a load solely off tea towels!! Seriously, do I need 40 tea towels?? lol. Next up, towels and sheets. I’m planning a load a day until the backlog is cleared. Planning to repaint the room a lighter colour and hang my dryer on the wall like your’s. Brilliant. Then I’ll tackle the linen cupboard. Thanks again for the inspiration. Lis.

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Katrina March 28, 2011 - 7:52 PM

40 tea towels maybe excessive, I have at least 7, one for each day. A quote from Julie Rafter, a day of indulgence is doing an extra load of washing and seeing the bottom of the basket….lol. Great work Lisa!!

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Kate November 8, 2015 - 12:10 AM

I have about 30 +! I must go through about 3 a day, sometimes more. I wash in hot cycle with napisan once or twice a week with other kitchen cloths.

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P R I N C E S S January 30, 2012 - 8:22 PM

i love that when i read this i just wanted to do up my laundry and i did 🙂 thank you for insprining me to do this 🙂 thanks

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spottsy7 February 3, 2012 - 10:13 AM

My dad put up a drying rack in our laundry – he used a pulley system to raise and lower it so that is was above the door jamb and you didn’t hit your head on it or damage the door.

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Jessica April 18, 2012 - 10:19 AM

Love your idea for the sunnies 🙂 we live in the sunny pilbara so I’m never outside without mine. and I think I might get hubby to install a drying rack. the laundry is the most organised room in my house because I hate doing it but I love my clothes! I also hate ironing so when I hang things out on the line I take a little extra time to smoothe them out, I hang like items together (such as, my shirts, then my pants, then my hubbys shirts, then his pants) so I can fold them and bring them in, then pick them up as little piles and put them away immediately. works great and I rarely have to get out the iron! (it helps that he works on the mines and would KILL me if I ironed his work clothes!)

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Pru April 18, 2012 - 10:27 AM

Wow what a wonderful system if I wasn’t nursing my 12 week old I would be re organising my laundry this is now my new project!!

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Decluttering and more April 18, 2012 - 11:33 AM

I’d love one of those great indoor lines too.
They look great and I have my eye on the one built in to the cupboard at Bunnings.. but I feel that it will cost a lot more than I am willing to spend.
Your laundry looks so practical. Can’t wait to get mine sorted.

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Rebekah Fraser April 18, 2012 - 12:56 PM

I installed a 3M Command Hook above my washing machine that I now use to hang my empty washing basket on which in turns frees up more bench space for sorting/folding washing and keeps the basket off the floor, bench, washing machine, etc.

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Melanie Viney December 4, 2013 - 1:20 PM

I do this too. Love it.

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Kris April 18, 2012 - 4:13 PM

Are your whites so bright that u need the sunnies in the laundry ?? Hehe – joke! Love your laundry…….all it needs is this retro sign !!! http://www.mattblatt.com.au/Wall-Art-Photo-Frame-Painting/Vintage-Laundry-Day-Retro-Sign-.aspx?p9509c0

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Tracey A Johnson April 19, 2012 - 10:08 PM

your laundry is exactly the same size and layout as mine…love your clothes line idea…im gunna steal it 🙂 thanks heaps

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Mom3angels October 17, 2012 - 5:55 AM

So I have an old Florida home which means it screen porch has been closed off and now my added laundry room is bigger than my kitchen. This laundry room has my pantry which is an old dresser, my photo albums and bookkeeping boxes are also in there. Where is the best place for that stuff??

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Shannan1976 October 17, 2012 - 2:41 PM

PLEASE HELP! We are moving into a smaller home in a couple of weeks, and it has a “European laundry”..!! That’s right – just a cupboard! We are used to having a big laundry room and don’t know how we are going to cope… Any ideas please..???

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julie mcdonald February 22, 2013 - 2:25 PM

I gave my washing machine a good wash the other day. Wiped out the bowl with vinegar and wiped all around the top of the drum to get rid of mouldy bits. Amazing just how grotty it was and how good it looked afterwards.

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Suzanne Landers February 22, 2014 - 11:45 AM

Hi. I tried spraying my shower screen with white vinegar and giving it a scrub but the soap scum build up is VERY stubborn. Have also tried making a paste with bicarbonate of soda, scrubbing and then spraying with vinegar, repeating the scrubbing and then rinsing. Have tried a few commercial cleaners in the past but nothing is working. HeLP!

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Katrina February 24, 2014 - 1:11 PM

Yes using the ‘clean’ cleaning products something they don’t get harsh and stubborns stains out. A few people use cloves ( I have not used Cloves), but if you are looking for a commercial cleaner I have tried Exit Mould in the past and I find it really good with getting the most stubborn stains out.

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Inga March 7, 2014 - 12:28 PM

Try the chux sponge it works with no other cleaning products.
http://www.chux.com.au/the-chux-range/chux-magic-eraser-range/magic-eraser-bathroom/index.html

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Deletes Warner November 8, 2015 - 7:38 AM

Hi Suzanne, I swear by the Chux Magic Eraser sponge. The first couple of times a little bit of elbow grease may be needed but you will definitely see results straight away. We keep a chamois in the shower and wipe the screens after every shower and very rarely have build up and a quick rub over with the Magic Eraser is all that is needed once a month just to keep them sparkling.

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Deleese Warner November 8, 2015 - 7:41 AM

Silly auto correct my name is Deleese, not Deletes, lol

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Jane October 8, 2014 - 8:10 AM

Thanks for all of your hints and tips. I also have a similar laundry system – 3 baskets – whites, lights,darks. My family have been helping with this sorting since my girls were babies so it comes instantly to them when they put their washing in the laundry. They also have a laundry basket,a small one,in their bedrooms so when this fills they bring it to the laundry and sort it. It works well

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Kate - Kat's Assistant October 8, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Well done Jane! Sounds like you are on to it!.:)

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Linda October 9, 2014 - 6:38 AM

I bought an old hexagonal playpen which I am hanging on my walls in the laundry. Two panels per section are hinged together so they can hang close to the wall, but then be lifted for the bottom to rest on a plinth which is about 2/3 the length down the wall so that the sections make a triangle against the wall – I luckily have a large laundry, so 3 of these double sections fit easily AND if I need to get past the washing, I just drop the section off the plinth, washing and all! Love the drawer cart, that’s my next purchase!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2014 - 11:54 AM

Sounds like a great idea Linda!

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Sue October 9, 2014 - 1:55 PM

My laundry is exactly the same layout too. I have the IKEA drying wrack on the wall behind the the back door, it folds flat even with clothes on it when I need to open the back door.
I also have an IKEA shoe cupboard on the same wall too. It all fits perfectly 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2014 - 11:58 AM

I agree Sue, it does all fit perfectly. Keeping the laundry well organised.

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Julie October 9, 2014 - 2:15 PM

Your laundry is the exact same layout and size as mine. I have done what you have done with the Elfa baskets. They are not cheap, but money well spent as they really make washing and sorting so much easier and less frustrating – especially in a small laundry. Great idea about the sunnies, I’ll be doing that too! Thanks for sharing.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2014 - 11:59 AM

Yes i love the Elfa baskets too, and like you say keeps everything perfectly organised.

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Kaycee June 21, 2016 - 1:55 PM

I have a hook with my sunnies on them just inside the window frame right beside the door to outside! Love that you do too!!! 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 23, 2016 - 4:03 PM

need to look after our eyes Kaycee 🙂

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Kathy June 24, 2021 - 8:26 AM

We have a laundry / bathroom without the bath so organisation is key. I like your drying rack great idea Kat
Lots of ideas

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife July 5, 2021 - 2:37 PM

Glad you found it helpful!

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